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The Hamdan Decision: Republican Vulnerability, Democratic Opportunity?

the 3rd post in a series

On Monday, the kewl kids at ABC's The Note affixed a remarkable headline to its daily snarkfest of political news and views:

"The Party of National Insecurity"

What made it remarkable - the party in question wasn't the Democratic Party. Read below the fold...

The high water mark of the Confederacy


Well, it looks like Republican racists--not completely redundant, though it's a shame that those Republicans who aren't racist don't have the courage to denounce those who are--won't be able to derail passage of the Voting Rights Act. Although, naturally, they're still trying to gut it:

Having quieted dissenting conservatives, House Republicans are trying again to renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act in an election-year effort to win support from minority voters.

The story is that image, for the mid-terms, is everything: Read below the fold...

Why "Contest Every Race" Means EVERY Race, Dammit

Covering a national (nay, international) audience as we do we focus on national campaigns. We give lip service to the "contest every race" when it comes to school boards, county offices, and state lege races. Here's why this is not a good idea. Voters for the Pennsylvania state senate seat in the Chambersburg area whill now have a choice between a guy with an (R) after his name who is a Repubican, and a guy on the (D) line of the ballot who is...a Republican. It's a nearly Liebermanesqe grotesquity:

A veteran state lawmaker who lost the Republican primary in May garnered enough write-in votes to make the November ballot on the Democratic side, county elections officials have ruled. State Rep. Patrick Fleagle's margin over Todd Rock, the masonry teacher who beat the incumbent for the GOP nomination, was just three votes in the Democratic write-in tally, the Franklin County Board of Elections said Tuesday. Read below the fold...

Rove II: The Slimer Boogaloo

Remember the days when candidates stood for public office on the basis of their positions, their philosophies, and their proposals for policy change?

Naw, I don't either, and I'm pretty old. The whisper campaign, oppo research and the philosophy that if an opponent is clean, smear his wife, kid or dog is as old as the hills. But there are only a few who reach the peaks of their putrid profession in any given era. Meet the next Karl Rove: Christopher Lyon:
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The Freeway Bloggerbreakdown!


Have you used up your portion of Democracy yet? If not, consider posting a sign. It beats TV.

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Goodnight, moon

I've got summer squash!

It's like I turned my back one morning, and suddenly they were there!

Call any vegetable! Call it by name! Read below the fold...

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Back in the Saddle, Backed by $erious Money ...


My heroes have always been Texans. Dan Rather has gone to work for Mark Cuban. This oughta be good...
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NARAL: Dead to Me

Look folks, Dave speaks for me. It's a simple matter: if Satan promises you that you'd enjoy nice shoes in Hell and they wouldn't pinch, would you still make Hell your destination? Over Heaven? Put differently: if Satan promised you really great shoes, but that the cost would always be a chastity belt, would you still wear them?
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Heathers Sniping?

All I can say is, titter!. You decide if this this important:

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Killer Kangaroos

Where did the billions for Iraqi "reconstruction" go?

There's more and more original reporting in the blogosphere. Here's a fine example from the The Agonist. Sean Paul looks at what happened to the money for a health clinics contract. He starts with a WaPo story, which is pretty accurate, except that it gets the contractor, the money, and the number of clinics wrong: Read below the fold...

Did John Fund stop beating his girlfriend?

Apparently, not soon enough. American Politics Journal:

The civil trial of conservative pundit John Fund on charges of abusing former girlfriend Morgan Gell (née Morgan F. Pillsbury) is under way.

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MJS - Oh, Chris Matthews

Another Grammy winner!

[Posted for MJS. --Lambert] Read below the fold...

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Reverend Accuses Jesus the Christ of Defrauding Investors, Gaming Energy Markets

From CNN.

The Reverend Dr. Bill Lawson compared Lay with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ, and said his name would eventually be cleared.

Jesus hates your pension.

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This is Just a Foretaste

Because it's not like the rest of the world won't buy. Just imagine what would happen if enough OPEC members decided that it's not "profitable" enough to keep the supply to the US flowing, and instead focused on developing other markets instead:
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